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Taking Back Our Power to Choose

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Taking Back Our Power to Choose

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Taking Back Our Power to Choose

For the past 5000 years our world has been imprisoned by those who benefit from a people afraid. For 5000 years, we have been conditioned by institutions that manipulate and control us through fear, guilt and shame.  Religious institutions, governments, corporations, banks, advertising, social media, education, health care, pharmaceutical companies and the insurance industry (to name a few) are all guilty of benefiting from a people afraid.  As has always been true of feudal societies, only a few truly benefit from a culture rooted in fear.  The rest are made to suffer while those who are manipulating us are getting rich at our expense.

 

It is time that we say NO MORE by taking back our power to choose.

Fear is a choice. But in order to have the freedom to choose otherwise, we have to unravel ourselves from the conditioning that has made us afraid. The fears that tell us:

 

  • There is not enough.
  • We are insignificant and have nothing of value to offer the world.
  • We cannot live as our most authentic selves.
  • We are not loved (or that love has to be earned or can be taken away).
  • We are not free to express our truth.
  • We do not know the truth.
  • We are alone.

 

When we stop believing in these fears by healing the conditioning that caused these fears in the first place, we are no longer vulnerable to manipulation and are free to choose love instead of fear. In choosing love, we are able to experience the peace, freedom and union spoken of by the ancients and which has been taught by the highest expression of every spiritual tradition on this planet.

 

Authentic Freedom gives you that power to choose by supporting you in identifying and then healing the fears that have kept you imprisoned by your cultural conditioning.

 

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SCRIPTURE (gasp!) Please note that with great intention I use Judeo-Christian scripture as part of this course.  I do so ON PURPOSE because for many in our culture, scripture has been used against them.  Christianity (especially certain expressions of Christianity) have twisted Jesus’ message of love into one of hatred and fear.  It is my hope that by presenting scripture in a different way – not as a vehicle of manipulation and control – but as a vehicle through which you can find and become empowered in LOVE- we can not only be healed of our societal fears, but also of those which have been heaped upon us by institutional religion.

 

Lauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATSLauri Ann Lumby, OM, OPM, MATS  supports you in becoming a fully awakened and self-actualized human being by giving you the freedom to choose love in a world conditioned by fear.    Lauri does this through her trademarked protocol – Authentic Freedom which harnesses the knowledge and wisdom of the ancients and applies it in the modern world.  Here you will find fulfillment for the deepest longing of your Soul – to know and to be known.  Lauri is the owner of Authentic Freedom Academy and founder of the Temple of the Magdalene. She lives in Oshkosh, WI. You can learn more about Lauri, her writings, programs and services at Authentic Freedom (dot) Love. 

 

 

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Freedom from Fear Flash Sale

Spiritual healing is about learning to identify and then healing our inner fears.  Authentic Freedom Academy offers a wide range of resources to support you in this endeavor toward your spiritual healing.  Enjoy this special offer of some of our most popular tools for your spiritual healing:

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Freedom, Inspiration, Lessons, self-actualization, Surrender

My Watch is Ended

Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

―The Night’s Watch oath

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Once upon a time, I had a mission and a purpose.

Initially, that mission was to support people in discovering and cultivating a personal relationship with Jesus. I discovered this calling and then sought to fulfill it within the embrace of the Catholic Church.

The longer I worked in and for the Church, the more I came to realize the sins of the Institution and made it my task, like Sts. Francis and Clare, to reform the Catholic Church – turning it away from fear, power and control and toward the love of Jesus that inspired its inception.

When this proved to be an unwelcome and impossible task, I turned my gaze outside the Institution and sought to support people in becoming spiritually fulfilled – giving them the tools to discover the answer to the following questions and then empowering them to live out their answers:

  • Who am I?
  • Whose am I?
  • What are my gifts and how am I called to use them for the sake of my own fulfillment and then for the sake of the betterment of the world?

The more I offered this support outside the Church, the more I discovered that these are not religious questions, but universal in nature. These are the questions that are answered in our common journey toward self-actualization. In conjunction with this belief, I believed that if we would all just find our self-actualization that we would have peace and harmony in our lives. With this, my mission became nothing short of saving the world!  No small goals for Lauri Ann Lumby!

The problem, however, is that the world does not want to be saved.

The sad truth is that the majority of humanity is content to live in status quo, desperately clinging to their judgment, fears, perceived separation, need to be right and the need to make someone else wrong. Even as I write this I am aware of my own culpability in this regard, creating my own version of “us and them.”  SIGH!

These are the mountains I used to be willing to die on. These are the battles I fought; the causes I have given my life to; and for which I have risked and lost much.  Like a member of “The Night’s Watch,” I have devoted my life to these causes and offered up similar vows. Toward what end?  Like Jon Snow who was betrayed and then murdered by his own brothers, I find I have no fight left in me.  And like Jon, I turn the cloak I have donned as a champion of Love over to another hand while uttering Jon’s immortal words,

“My Watch is Ended.”

If humanity wants to continue to choose separation, fear, judgment, separation, hatred, violence, war, sickness, poverty, death and despair, who am I to change their mind?  I have no need to convince anyone of anything…even the invitation to peace and love.  I find it is all I can do to find peace myself and to share what I have learned with a few interested souls.  Maybe that is enough for one person’s life, to find their own state of inner peace.  For those who are interested in learning the tools that I have found helpful, I will always be here.  Otherwise, it seems my watch here is ended.

Posted in Empowerment, Freedom, Inspiration, priestess training, self-actualization, shame

Being a Catalyst

The Plight of the Sh.t-Disturber

I recently posted an article To See or Not to See – That is the Question, exploring the gift of spiritual sight.  There is one challenge with this gift I neglected to mention:

The ability to see all the way to people’s (and organizations’) truest and most authentic selves and the potential that lay within them for a meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling life.

I see who they are meant to be behind all the masks they show to the world along who they came into this world to be behind all the unhealed wounds and unacknowledged fears that keep them imprisoned in an unfulfilling, unrewarding life.

Along with this ability, is the very real experience that happens when I see someone in this way – they begin to wake up. The very fact that I can see them….really see them, stirs something within them that knows they are not living as their most authentic self, that they are not being who they came into this world to be.  Call it guilt, or shame, or a feeling we don’t yet have a word for – something stirs in them – a kind of discomfort that they somehow recognize came from me, through me or because of me.  Some people are excited to feel this experience of awakening and are glad for being seen so they can begin to acknowledge and unleash their true selves.  Others – not so much.  Not everyone wants to be seen and certainly not everyone wants to do the REALLY HARD work of becoming their true selves.  For the former, I am a welcome source of support.  For the latter, I often become the enemy.

I will wholeheartedly admit that the latter experience has been a source of pain for me. This has been especially true in close relationships as well as in EVERY SINGLE work or academic institution I have been connected with.  I show up and sh.t starts happening.  The lies, the falsehoods, deceptions, misguided motivations, compulsions and attachments all begin to show themselves.  While this is happening, I’m being shown all the resources of support that would benefit their healing and the realization of their truest most authentic self.  I suggest these supports which are either met with blank stares and deaf ears or outright condemnation and rejection.  At this point, the relationship is now in question and I am either forced to leave or I decide to leave on my own.  It is difficult, if not impossible, to remain in a place where our gifts are not welcome.  At this point all I can do is sit and watch as the house of cards they have built for and around themselves comes tumbling down.

The opposite, however, is true of those who are excited and grateful to be seen and who want to pursue a purposeful and fulfilling life reflective of their own unique gifts and passions. These are the people and institutions in whom my gifts find their fulfillment, resulting in a co-creative dynamic of receptivity and openness where they are liberated from the inner wounds and fears which might otherwise keep them from living as their most authentic selves.  It is a beautiful thing to behold and it is because of these people that I continue to do what I do in spite of those who want to hate me for my gifts.  (PS  They don’t really hate me, they hate themselves for refusing their own truth.)

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Posted in About Lauri, Authentic Freedom, building the new world, Freedom, Jesus, Mary Magdalene, self-actualization

We Choose the World We Live In

Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.

Sirach 15: 17

Every single moment of every single day, we choose the world we are living in. There is nothing “new” about this choice.  New Agers and those from the New Thought, Starseed and Ascension communities in their foundational message about choice are simply echoing the wisdom of the ancients.  Moses was given the key to this truth. Isaiah and Jeremiah gave the Israelites this choice.  Jesus made this choice and taught his female and male disciples how to do the same.  Mary Magdalene made this choice and became witness to the risen Christ. St. Francis of Assisi made this choice and transformed the Church as did Teresa of Avila, Julian of Norwich and Hildegard of Bingen.  Meister Eckhart made this choice as did Gandhi, Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama.

We choose the world we are living in and that choice is as simple as choosing between love and fear. This choice between love and fear then produces the way in which we perceive, approach and live in our world – are we choosing life or death, good or evil?  Again, it all boils down to one simple choice – love or fear.

When we choose love over fear, we soon discover:

  • There is nothing to fear.
  • There is no reason to hate.
  • We have no enemies.
  • The world is beautiful and peaceful.
  • People are inherently kind to one another.
  • Instead of fearing those who differ from us, we become curious and long to get to know them.
  • We come together in communion instead of building walls between us.
  • We see possibility instead of defeat.
  • We see endings as new beginnings.

It really is this simple.

My choice is for love. What are you going to choose?

 

lauriprofilecroppedLauri Ann Lumby serves as a source of support for those longing to choose love over fear. Lauri supports you in making this choice through one-on-0ne mentoring and through her local and online courses, specifically, the Authentic Freedom Mastery program.  Learn more about Lauri HERE, and check out the Authentic Freedom Mastery program HERE. 

 

 

Posted in Empowerment, Freedom, Inspiration

Election 2016: From Division to Oneness

Well, it seems the “powers that be” got what they wanted – a nation that is distracted and divided. It seems no matter how people speak about the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the transition from one “leader” to another, someone gets pissed off.  On Facebook, for example, I recently mentioned the grief some are feeling over the Obama’s departure, and all hell broke loose.  Then I dared to mention that we are entering into a time of uncertainty and I got hate emails from those who took my comments as an insult against their presidential choice, which was certainly not my intention!

As it turns out, division is a choice. We decide if we are going to hate our fellow Americans simply because of their vote.  We are also the ones who decide if we are offended or insulted by another person who is choosing to share their personal beliefs, perspectives or even their personal experience.  We decide!

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I am choosing NOT to be divided, because, in the immortal words of our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” I am also making this choice because division is exactly what the powers that be want.  If we are divided, then we will remain distracted from the evils the “puppet masters” are accomplishing in the world – destroying our environment, putting thousands (millions) of people out of work, depriving people of quality and affordable health care, undermining our educational system, destroying the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the soil in which we need to grow our crops, raping foreign countries for their cheap labor and oil, while watching those countries destroy their own environments with toxic chemicals, pollution and deforestation.

All of this, they are accomplishing, not for our benefit, but for the sake of their greedy quest for wealth, power and control. We are all suffering because of the actions of the very few (1% of the 1%).  And if they continue on this course, and are able to do so because we are too busy fighting amongst ourselves to see or care about what they are doing, then our entire world will be destroyed.  What they don’t know is that if they destroy the world in their unending quest for power, they will also be destroying themselves (unless they have some space station set up for their escape after they are done destroying this world).

If we want to survive as a species, we HAVE to find a way to look beyond the division brought about by this election and toward unification. Unification does not mean you have to change your beliefs or the policies that you stand for.  Unification means we look beyond our (perceived) differences toward the goals we hold in common:

  • Food on our table.
  • A roof over our head.
  • Clothes on our back.
  • The feeling of being safe.
  • A quality education.
  • Affordable and quality healthcare for ourselves and our families.
  • Meaningful work which supports our need for survival.
  • Loving relationships.
  • Community.
  • Clean water to drink, clean air to breathe, healthy food to nourish our bodies and our souls.
  • The opportunity to enjoy our time on this planet and to enjoy the beauty of the world we were given to care for.

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THESE are the issues that really matter. These are the issues that will determine if we live or die or if we are able to survive as a species. And these are the issues we all care about.  Whether  you call yourself Republican, Democrat, Green Party, Libertarian, Socialist, Communist, Bleeding Heart Liberal, Hippie, Black Panther, or anything in between….our foundational needs and desires are the same.  Focusing on THIS, we will move beyond the distractions, beyond the perceived division and toward the unified effort that will deprive the 1% of the 1% of their power and make OUR WORLD the great planet it was meant to be!

If you are interested in setting aside perceived division and entering into a process of building a new world built on oneness, check out our weekly service Monday evenings at 6:30 pm. Please also check out other programs and services of Authentic Freedom Academy – local gatherings and classes, online courses, one-on-one mentoring services, books and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Christ Consciousness, church, Faith, Freedom

Fool for Christ

As part of my daily morning ritual, I pull one card from my Gnostic Tarot of the Saints (Robert M. Place).  This morning, I pulled The Fool card, here represented by St. Francis of Assisi – known in some circles as “the fool for Christ.”  I must humbly admit, this appellation fits me to a T!  For all of my life, the past 22 years especially, I have dedicated my every waking (and sleeping) moment to studying, learning, listening to and obeying the guidance of the Divine within me – a connection I found through the example, teachings and guidance of Jesus the man and the Christ that he became, along with the examples set by all the other teachers that I was led to study.  In the eyes of many, my single-minded dedication to this journey and to the mission of the Love that is the Christ, makes me a fool. I have taken many risks to adhere to this journey.  I have made many sacrifices. I have made choices considered “crazy” by some.  With blind faith I leaped from the cliff and have been free-falling every since, ever deeper into the arms of love.

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Image credit: Robert M. Place

In this love I, like Francis, have been called to “rebuild my church,” and like Francis, my understanding of this call proved to be way too small! Initially, I thought I was being called to reform Catholicism – to bring it back to Jesus’ universal (catholic means universal) message of Love. What I have since learned, is that the call to “rebuild my church” has nothing to do with Catholicism, Christianity or anything that has nothing to do with church in the way we have traditionally thought of church.  Instead, it is simply about being LOVE in a very universal sense:

  • Discovering the Love that is the very nature of who we are.
  • Knowing, believing in and living from that place of Love.
  • Being, expressing and sharing that love.
  • Seeing and engaging with that love that dwells within every single human being and is the very fiber and form of the universe.
  • Understanding that no matter what we believe we are seeing “out there” it is really, only love.

This is the love that Francis and Clare came to know within themselves through their relationship with Christ. This is the love that we all have an opportunity to know, if we only have the eyes to see.  This is a love we can see only through the eyes of innocence, wonder and awe, the eyes of a fool, or as Jesus said, the eyes of a child.

Like just the other day, I beheld the face of love where others may have forgotten to look. I stepped into the local coffee shop for my daily “hug” and as I stepped inside, a baby sitting in a high chair caught my glance. She looked at me.  I looked back at her.  Our eyes locked….and we knew.  Then, she smiled and blew me a kiss.  If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.  And if I have to be a fool in order to see that love….then let it be so.

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Trump Victory: Fear Begets Fear

So, we’ve made our choice? Donald Trump is the winner in the 2016 Presidential Election? As a bleeding heart liberal, I find this hard to believe and it’s a difficult pill to swallow (though Hillary wasn’t my first choice either).  Yet, I understand how and why Donald Trump won the popular and the electoral vote.  (To all those I love and deeply care for who voted for Trump – I love you and I honor the choice that you made.  Your vote (and I hope my vote) in no way, shape or form changes our relationship. PLEASE know this as you (if you) continue reading on.)

Donald Trump did not win because of his resume, his experience or expertise in governance, or his interviewing skills. We did not elect Donald Trump because we truly believed he was the best person to run our country and to represent the United States to the rest of the world. We chose Donald Trump because he spoke to our fears, while promising to rid the world of all that we fear:

  • Our fear of “the other” (blacks, Hispanics, Mexicans, the disabled, Muslim, powerful women, etc.)
  • Our fear of terrorism.
  • Our fear of losing our guns.
  • Our fear of losing our jobs to China and India.
  • Our fear of violence.
  • Our fear of losing our status as the “greatest power in the world.”

We chose Donald Trump because we are afraid and he capitalized on those fears. Fear begets fear.

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“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror… I fear something terrible has happened.”

Now let’s go to the other side of the presidential race – for all of you (me included) who voted for Hillary, wrote in another, or refrained from voting…..you may now be quaking in your boots wondering what the hell will happen to our world with a Republican controlled Senate with Donald Trump as President. Let me remind you:  as much as fear elected Donald Trump, your fear over his victory will only serve to produce more fear. In fact, the fear that drove many to vote for Hillary in favor of Donald may be exactly what produced the outcome some most feared.  Fear begets fear.

So, what is the answer as we stand in the outcome of a presidential victory that came forth out of fear and has the potential for producing more fear…….CHOOSE LOVE.

First choose to love your fellow human being.  We all voted with our conscience and made the best choice we could with the information we had and the choices we were given.  Love one another.  Do not allow the outcome of this election to create more separation between us, instead, let it become a bridge to love and understanding.  Find out what our mutual fears might be and support each other in calming these fears.

Supporting each other in calming our fears, begins with knowing how to manage our own.  In every moment of every day where you find your fears and anxiety triggered over questions about the future of our country and the future of the world….turn away from your fear and turn toward love.

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Posted in Authentic Freedom, Authentic Freedom Academy, Being Human, Empowerment, Freedom, Inspiration, New World, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Practices

Transforming Your World from Fear into Love

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The mission of Authentic Freedom Academy is to support you in transforming your world from fear into love. We (myself, along with the women and men who have completed my Authentic Freedom Mastery program) accomplish this through a wide range of offerings:  this blog, books, one-on-one mentoring, online and local courses, and service to the local community.  Here is how we do it:

LOVE is your original nature. You were made from love and for the purpose of love.  LOVE is all you once knew.  Then you forgot.  You forgot the love that you are and you forgot that your purpose in this life is LOVE.  This forgetfulness has caused you fear, and through this fear, you have experienced suffering.  You LONG to return to “that which you cannot name,” but which is ultimately LOVE.  Unfortunately, we don’t often know that what we are searching for is the love that is our original nature, so we turn outside of ourselves in search of the fulfillment to this longing.  We look for it in money, achievement, success, fame, wealth, power, acquisitions, sex, and in what we think might be love but most often ends up being co-dependency.  We might temporarily feel satisfied in our longing through the acquisition of one of the above, but ultimately, this satisfaction is fleeting which causes us to seek for more.  We think that there is something “out there” that will make this longing go away – the cessation of war, the victory of our chosen political candidate, an end to hunger, our book making the “best seller’s list,” meeting our “soulmate,” the job of our dreams, better health insurance, a boss who appreciates us, a Democratic majority in Congress, legalized marijuana, etc. etc. etc.  Again and again and again we find that nothing “out there” changes a thing.  We are still hungry, bored, restless, unsatisfied, lonely, unfulfilled, longing for something more. But still, we never stop searching…..

That is, until life brings us to our knees, and we realize that there is nothing “out there” that will make us whole. We will only find satisfaction in turning inward to the LOVE that has always been there.  As it turns out, this LOVE is the remedy to all of our longing and the satisfaction to all of our pain.  The irony is that once we discover REMEMBER this LOVE, we realize how truly simple the human experience really is.  And this is it:

In every moment of every day, we have a choice: FEAR or LOVE.

Period. End of story.  This is all there is.  Choose LOVE or choose FEAR.  Our life experience is then a reflection of this choice.  When we choose fear, our life reflects that choice and becomes a struggle, painful, constricting and small.  When we choose LOVE we find the freedom, expansiveness, peace, contentment, fulfillment and joy that has been there all along.

This is it, the purpose of the entirety of the human experience – to turn from the temporary experience of perceived separation that causes us to FEAR and to REMEMBER the LOVE that we are. Period.  End of story.  It is as simple as that.

What are you going to choose?

 

The Authentic Freedom Mastery Program gives you the tools you need to transform your world from fear into love. Learn more HERE.

Posted in Authentic Freedom, Being Human, Death, Freedom, God, Inspiration, Mary Magdalene, Spiritual Formation, teachers, women

Power in the Darkness

After creating and launching three new online courses, including my entire Authentic Freedom and Magdalene Priestess Training curricula, I have been enjoying a creative hiatus. As creative types understand, after massive creative output, one needs time to empty and then refuel for the next creative flow.  I am emptying and refueling by binge-watching the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, and boy am I glad I FINALLY took my creative sisters’ advise in watching this show.  I am luxuriating in every sumptuous character and am captivated by every word, image and storyline.  I LOVE this show and it just happens to be in my favorite literary genre – Victorian Gothic Horror. Penny Dreadful is the story of my life – and the life of every woman and man I know who, like the characters in this tale, have found their power in the darkness.

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Penny Dreadful is the story of Vanessa Ives, a young woman destined to be either the bride of Satan, or the savior of the human race; the men who fight for her victory and the women who seek to destroy her. Penny Dreadful is about Vanessa’s struggle with the power within her that will either become her destruction, or lead her to salvation.  Vanessa’s deepest motivation is love, but she is tempted by that which leads her to darkness.  The dark forces wish to possess Vanessa, while she continually reaches toward the light.  Not always is Vanessa victorious, but it is her humanness that makes her character so compelling.  What if you had the power to destroy your enemies with a single thought and projection of your desire?  What if the price of this is only the price of your Soul – a Soul that longs to believe in a benevolent God, but finding in the human condition that we are ever and always alone?

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Vanessa’s story is our story. The human journey is nothing if it is not a teacher.  Like the seed that must break through its own shell and crawl its way through (seemingly) miles of soil before it can find the sun, life presents us with challenges and obstacles that we must find our way through if we are ever to find our own light.  Vanessa’s story is the story of the honest, the vulnerable, and the courageous who, when confronted with the difficulties of life, find their way through them – sometimes crawling on our hands and knees begging for mercy, other times walking on a bed of burning coals stubbornly moving toward their goal.  And like Vanessa, when we find ourselves on the other side of the darkness, we know freedom and the newfound sense of accomplishment in having vanquished the “demon.”  Here we have found our power – power over our fears, power over our compulsions, power over temptation, power over the darkness and power over death.  And it was in facing the darkness that we have found our strength.

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Power in the Darkness

Power born out of darkness.

Power honed through suffering.

Power that arises on the other side of pain –

Or rather, in the midst of it.

Power at home with death and loss and all measures of darkness –

Depression, disease, despair.

Power not for the sake of evil,

But in service to the Good.

Power that finds its strength in staring down fear,

Standing toe-to-toe with “Satan”

And the obstacles “he” casts in our way.

Power born out of darkness for the sake of the light.

Diving into the shadows, we find our return.

The heroine’s journey –

For only those gifted with bringing forth life can equally midwife death.

The power of what used to be called “witch” but is really

Divine Wholeness finding its place in the world.

Copyright 2016 Lauri Ann Lumby

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